Sesquicentennial Celebration PH OTO G RA P H Y B Y A MA NDA MAC L A R EN
The Durham 150 Sesquicentennial Birthday Party took place at American Tobacco Campus (ATC) April 13 with remarks from Mayor Steve Schewel to officially kick off the fanfare. “The Birthday Moment,” sponsored by North Carolina Central University, followed with confetti cannons, complimentary birthday cake and a singalong. Emcees Jatovi McDuffie of the Durham Bulls and Ken Smith of WRAL introduced the many acts of the day, including Raven Street Dance Academy, Empower Dance Studio, Kidznotes String Trio, African American Dance Ensemble, Jambalaya Soul Slam and the Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team. Throughout ATC were designated themed areas where attendees learned more about Durham’s past, present and future as well as interactive opportunities, like the Durham 150 Photo Mosaic Mural, the Museum of Durham History’s story kiosk and the “Running of the Bulls” race down the ATC Ol’ Bull River with floatable rubber bulls. 14
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1 Jason Keibler and Jeff Kiser of Aetna, which presented the celebration, and Susan Amey of Discover Durham. 2 Durham City Council Member Charlie Reece, City Manager Tom Bonfield and Durham County Commissioner Wendy Jacobs. 3 Durham Fire Department Chief Robert Zoldos and his wife, Sherri. 4 Amy Unell and Alison Dorsey. 5 Elizabeth and Chris McIntyre. 6 Mayor Steve Schewel and City of Durham Public Affairs Director Beverly Thompson. 7 Michelle Reader with her kids, Becca Herbert-Reader, 7, and Owen Herbert-Reader, 9, with their floatable rubber bull after they won the “Running of the Bulls” race.